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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAX, PORTLAND, XOVE3IBER 3, 1907.
TELLS HER STORY
Etta McLean Does Not Believe
Gordee Used Her as
ADMITS SHE LOVES HIM
FtnogTapher Accused of Selling
Government Secrets Admits She
Haa Been Divorced Calls the
Bribery Charge Ridiculous.
CHICAGO. Ill.r Nov. J. (Special.) Etta
McLean, th stenographer under arrest on
a charge of stealing Government papers
from the office of United States District
Attorney Sims, Is a divorcee using her
maiden name, according to the statement
made by the young woman In the County
Jail today. She also said she first met
Alexander B. Gordee, also under arrest, in
Boston a few years ago. but not until af
ter she had been divorced. She refused to
tell the name of her former husband and
she declined also to reveal the present ad
dross of her parents, who, she said, had
moved from Boston. She refused to break
the veil of mystery hanging over her past
One interesting revelation made by the
fair prisoner was that Gordee, since com
ing to Chicago, had been employed as a
private detective. "When asked If she
thought she could have been made the tool
of a detective to further his Work, she
flushed quickly, thought a moment, and
shook her head slowly.
Beady to Shield Lover.
The woman also showed a disposition to
protect Gordee, with whom she said she
was in love. She had heard that he would
throw all the blame for the thefts on her
shoulders, and said If that was true, she
was prepared to suffer alone, but that
she would not accuse him. With charac
teristic deftness- she let It be understood,
however, that she could tell a good deal
"My relations with Mr. Gordee before
doming to Chicago have nothing to do
with the case," said Miss McLean. "I
admit that I loved htm. and,- if -he has
turned against tne, as I have been told,
I will have to stand the shame alone."
Divorced Husband In Boston.
Then the woman paused, as If hesitating
whether to say anything more.
"1 have been married," she continued,
"but was divorced from my husband In
Boston. It matters not what his name
was. My maiden name was McLean and
I use it. I came from a good old Scotch
family, and- I am ashamed that I have
dragged the name into such a mess. J
met Mr. Gordee a long time after I had
been divorced, and of course he had
nothing to do with my family affairs.
How She Got Into Scrape.
"One evening I happened to mention to
Mr. Gordee that I was handling the
Walsh case, and that the Government
was going to make, things lively for the
ex-banker and some of his associates. He
became interested and asked me if I
knew whether or not Mr. Walsh was in
"Isn't it foolish on the face of tt to
think that I would steal papers from Mr.
Sims' office when he had just advanced
me from $80 to $100 a month, and 1 had
reason to believe that I would soon ba
at the head of the list?"
SOLD OUT TO STANDARD OIL
tit a McLean Pouted Monojioly on
CHICAGO, Nov. 2.The Inter Ocean to
Secret Service operatives are working
to determine to what extent Government
secrets in recent cases of National Im
portance have been sold by Miss Etta
McLean and Alexander Gordee, who yes
terday were held In $5000 "bonds to the
grand Jury on charges of conspiracy and
the theft of papers in the John R.
Discovery of papers relating to the
Standard Oil trial In the room of Miss
McLean has led to the suspicion that
she and. her confederate may have dis
closed Government plans not only in the
Walsh case, but in the cases against the
Standard Oil, the Chicago & AKon Rail
way and the School Book Combine.
Miss McLean's position as stenog
rapher in District Attorney Sims' office
which she held singe April, gave her
ample opportunity to obtain copies of
the most valuable papers In all these
cases. The fact that Gordee. her sweet
heart, was able to live in Idleness, dining
at expensive restaurants, for the last six
months, has made It apparent he had
some secret source of income.
While the Government officials feel
confident they have unearthed a far
reaching conspiracy, they have yet to
learn Its magnitude or to what extent
Its operations have injured Government
prosecutions. In the prosecution of the
Standard Oil, the Alton and the Book
Combine, it was apparent at every turn
that the defendants knew In advance the
Government's moves, no matter how se
HEED BETTER CAR SERVICE
GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO
STEP INTO BREACH.
The Difficulty Is Not to Get Enough
Cars, but to Keep Them Mov
ing Fast Enough.
WASHINGTON. Nov. 2. (Special.)
The insistent demand which shippers
throughout the country are making for
greater efficiency in railroad car service
has made this problem one of the great
est which the common carriers are try
ing to solve. The importance of a car
service which shall get the fullest possi
ble use out of the equipment of the
roads is paramount.
It is contended by the railroads, and
now generally conceded by the shippers,
that no railroad could afford to pyvlde
itself with sufficient equipment tolnwet
the demands made upon It for cars -at
all times. To do so would mean that the
railroads would have tied up many mil
lions of dollars in equipment which would
remain Idle during less busy seasons.
This fact makes it certain that, no mat
ter how diligent the railroads may be
In providing sufficient equipment and in
building more lines, there will always be
periods when car shortage will exist and
when congestion of traffic cannot fall to
occur. It is therefore recognized by
railroads and -by shippers alike that the
greatest hope of salvation lies in a more
efficient car service.
It seems absurd that a freight car,
representing an Investment of from $600
to 11600, should not be able to move more
than an average of 25 miles per day. with
idle time taken into the reckoning. It
would seem, for example, where such vast
financial interests are Involved, that when
it was discovered that there is a loss of
nearly 40 per cent in time, money and
energy in the great freight terminals of
the country, some one would be able to
supply a remedy.
It would also seem, from the present
condition of things, that Commissioner
Clark's implied threat, recently given at
a dinner of the Chicago Traffic Club,
would have to be carried out and that the
Government would have to Interfere in
the operation of railroads. This inter
ference, Mr. Clark said, should go to the
extent, at least, of formulating sane and
reasonable car service rules.
EXTENDS SYSTEM IN SOUTH
Harrlman Buys Georgia Central
With Outlet to Atlantic.
NEW YORK, Nov. 2. According to the
Times today. E. H. Harriman was the
buyer of the Central of Georgia stock sold
last week by Oakleigh Thorne and Mars
den J. Perry, and he has plans for the
road In connection with the Illinois Cen
tral lines. The two roads connect at Bir
mingham, Ala., and the possession of
the Central of Georgia will give the Har
riman lines another outlet to the Atlantic.
A close associate of Mr. Harrlman when
questioned regarding the purchase of the
Central of Georgia by that capitalist re
marked that Mr. Harriman had not been
Idly watching recent events.
The s Times savs further that in
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MB. AND MRS. THOMAS H. HOPKINS.
Mr. -and Mrs. Thomas H. Hopkins celebrated their golden wedding Mon
day. October 28, at their home. 981 East Madison street. Mr. Hopkins married
Miss Eliza Day, October 28, J857. in Ontario. Canada. Both were born In Eng
land. Twelve years ago they came to Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins have
had born to them 12 children." They also have 12 grandchildren. Of their children
now Mving Mrs. W. P. Snook, Mrs. Charles McGIll, Mrs. Annie C. praden and Al
bert Hopkins live in Portland; George and Harry Hopkins at West Superior. Wis.,
and Thomas Hopkins at Woodstock, Ontario.
the recent annual report of the Il
linois Central November 1 was fixed
as the date on which its lines to
Birmingham were to be completed and
that with that date comes the news that
Mr. Harrlman's Influence in Southern ter
ritory is to be extended by taking him
eastward to the seaboard at Savannah
and westward by way of Chattanooga
and Birmingham and Montgomery. It is
known that Messrs. Thorne and Perry
paid about $3,600,000 for the $3,000,000 of
Central of Georgia stock which they pur
chased last Summer at the Richmond
Terminal reorganization committee, and
It is presumed in the financial district,
the paper says,' that the Harriman inter
ests took over the road at not far from
the above-named fisure.
STORM DESTROYS TOWN
SIXTEEN PERSON'S DROWNED
IN LOWER CALIFORNIA.
San. Jose del Cabo. Demolished by
Wind and Cloudburst Whole
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2. Reports of
great damage and loss of life at San
Jose del Cabo, in Lower California, on
October 14, caused by a cloudburst, were
confirmed by Captain Paulsen and passen
gers on the steamer Curacao, which ar
rived here from Mazatlan. yesterday.
Sixteen persons are said to have been
drowned by the torrential downpour and
more than 50 houses washed away.
The rain was preceded by a hurricane,
which blew with great fury for upward
of 12 hours. Small craft In the harbor
were sunk and a number of larger vessels
As the deluge struck the town the- peo
ple were caught up and those in the main
path of the stream had no chance of es
cape. Several were carried out to sea.
Some who .escaped the flood were killed
by being crushed by flying portions of
buildings. Two new wireless telegraph
stations were completely destroyed.
Orange and lemon groves in the vicinity
were ruined, and the inhabitants are said
to be practically destitute. Not a single
relic of any of the houses which were on
the hillside remains.
MOVE FOR LOWER PRICES
Colorado Takes Steps Against Com
panies in Coal Combination.
DENVER, Nov. 2. Suit to enjoin the
retail coal dealers' combination from
continuing its present high scale of prices
and to force its dissolution was died In
the Denver District Court today by Attorney-General
W. H.. Dickson. Eighty
coal companies, including the Colorado
Fuel & Iron Company, one of the largest
concerns in the West, are named as de
fendants In the action.
In his complaint Attorney-General Dick
son declares that the coal dealers have
formed a combination to control the sale
of coal In the state and have raised the
price of coal and maintained it at a
high and exorbitant scale. It is further
alleged that the production of coal has
been curtailed until it is less than the ac
tual needs of consumers. The plea for
an injunction is based upon the common
law, there being no anti-trust law In this
SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. 2. Sailed Shin
Wm. P. Fry. tor New York. Arrived Bark
Jean BarC French, from Hull and Lonflon.
Sailed Steamer Costa Rica, for Portland;
steamer Okanogan, for Gamble; bark Caron
dalet, for Gamble; steamer, Paramita. for
Portland;- steamer Pulton. for Grays
Harbor; iteairar Newburg, Grays " Harbor;
steamer Roanoke. Astoria; eteamer Yellow
stone, Astoria. Arrived Steamer Acme, WII
lapa; uteamer Dlhl, Seattle; steamer Bow
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GIRL HE WANTS
Joseph W. Lee, Minister to
Guatemala, Wanted by
Too Many Girls.
CHARGES WHILE- ABSENT
Home on Sick Leave, Finds That
Countess to Whom He Is at One
Time Engaged Refuses to
Give Him Up to Another.
WASHINGTON. Nov. 2. (Special.)
Joseph W. Lee. formerly ofthe Rough
Riders, now American minister to
Guatemala, whose engagement to Miss
Helen Squlers. youngest daughter of
Herbert G. Squlers, American Minister
to Panama, was recently announced,
has returned to Washington on sick
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leave to find that certain Americans in
Guatemala have made-charges affect
ing his service at the Central American
At the same time Cpuntess Festetlcs,
of New York, the divorced wife of
Count Rudolph Festetlcs, an Austrian
nobleman, who was formerly Miss Ella
Haggin, J. B. Haggin's granddaugh
ter, is reported to have cabled to Min
ister Sauiers that Lee was first en
gaged to her and she had not and
will not release him.
Denies AH Charges.
This has not contributed to Lee's
peace of mind, already disturbed by
his broken health, but he states that
the charsres against him ttrp irnfrnnrl.rl
fund no tie exists between himself and
Countess Festetlcs, the only under
standing which ever existed having
been severed by mutual consent months
ago. It is understood that there has
been no change in his engagement to
It is learned at the State Depart
ment that the question of Lee's return
to Guatemala hinges only upon his
health. He is now at his home near
Knoxvllle, Md. An attack of fever,
from which he suffered for nearly a
year in Guatemala, is complicated with
Injuries sustained in Panama. He was
leading a pet bulldog in a hotel at
Panama when it bolted after a cat and
Lee was dragged downstairs and seri
Thinks Countess Loyal.
Today, when asked about the action
of Countess Festetlcs, Lee was reluc
tant to discuss the matter.
"Countess Festetlcs Is an old friend
of mine and of my family," he said.
"She Is honored and respected .by. all. of
us. Having known her for more than
eight years, we naturally drifted close
together as friends. Owing to circum
stances, however, we agreed to disagree
before it was too late. When I last
saw her, last November, we understood
each other perfectly. I am a Catholic
and she understood and agreed that
she could not marry a Catholic, as
her husband was still living. Countess
Festetlcs is a most estimable Woman.
I shall always believe that anything
she may do to injure me will be in
spired by someone else and not by
ALASKANS FOR OFFICES
Senator Plies Not" Candidate to
Succeed Judge Wlckershain.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Nov. 2. Senator Piles arrived-In
Washington last night and paid his re
spects to the President today. Later he
had a conference with Secretary Metcalf
and urged him to recommend an in
creased appropriation for the Puget
Sound drydock. The Secretary assured
him he had already formulated such a
Mr. Piles said he was not a candidate
to succeed Judge Wickersham in Alaska
and no Washington men had applied to
him for endorsement. He is on record
as favoring Alaskans' for Alaska offi
ces. He wants residents of ' Stevens County
consulted before any part of the Spo
kane Indian Reservation is converted into
forest reserve and has taken this matter
up with the forest service.
Creel to Return as Ambassador.
EL PASO, Nov. 2. Enrique Creel,
ambassador from Mexico to the United
States and new GovernoV of Chihuahua,
has been ordered by President Diaz to
proceed at once to Washington and at
tend the conference of South and Cen
tral American republics. It is believed
he will- remain at Washington as Am
bassador, at least throught the Winter.
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Governor of Kansas Yearns to
Fill Long's Seat.
MAKES MACHINE WORRY
People Want Primary Vote on Sen
ator, Which Would Mean Hoch's
v Election Over Long and
Stubbs. the Square-dealer:
TOPEKA, Kas., Nov. 2. It Is cer
tain that Governor Hoch will be a
candidate for United States Senator
to succeed Senator Chester I. Long.
The Senatorial election will take place
one year from next January. Mr.
Hoch Is serving his second term,'
which will expire at that time, and
his growing strength with the people
is disturbing Mr. Long and the ma
chine element that Is backing him.
State politicians who visit Topeka
say that Mr. Hoch's candidacy would
be welcomed' by a very large element
of the Republican party, which is
anxious to retire Mr. Ld'ng and which
does not want Superintendent W. R.
Stubbs, the candidate of the "square
dealers." The people of Kansas are over
whelmingly for a state-wide primary
election next year to name a United
States Senator. Mr. Hoch's friends
believe he can get in between the two
Republican machines in Kansas and
win the Senatorshlp.
With a primary law, it Is believed
that the Governor would easily defeat
Mr. Long and Mr. Stubbs In securing
the popular vote for United States
Senator. Such a vote would mean In
structions to the members of the Leg
islature. Miss Nethersole in "The
Awakening'-' and "Sapho"
feT ARTHUR A. GREENE.
The concluding performance of the great
English actress who has been "in . our
midst" for an all too short engagement,
gave a representative audience at the
Heilig last night an opportunity to judge
of the merits of her new play, "The
Awakening," which was one of the most
enthusiastically received of her offerings
in Paris last Summer. Whether the ma
jority of local opinion concerning it Is
one of approval 'or not, can only be in
ferred from the applause of the audience,
and what portion of that applause was
for the star and what portion for-' the
drama itself Is at this time largely a
matter of speculation.
"The Awakening" is the first piece in
which we have seen Miss Nethersole por
tray a weak woman, a woman who Is
weak without being a sinner, for the
matron with a deserving husband and a
beautiful young daughter, who is the cen
tral figure In the piece, pauses on the
brink and is saved from taking the
plunge through maternal affection and a
certain regard for the man to whom she
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has been married for long years. She Is
merely one of the victims of a union
loveless in its Inception on her dwn part,
while on her husband's part his wife and
family come second after ambition. This
particular sort of marriage forms one of
the every-day tragedies of life. It has
become so common as to excite little com
ment. We accept it as a matter of course
until one day the wife it is almost in
variably the heart-hungry wife meets the
"other man"and the blighting of lives
and the public scandal' arouse us to an
understanding that something which
could never have been right is all wrong.
In the play in question the wife is Hear
ing middle age. Her daughter Is old
enough to be considering marriage and
her husband is at the zenith of a brilliant
political career. The wife meets a man
much her Junior and almost without their
realizing it, an attachment springs up
which grows into a consuming passion the
one for the other. It matters but little
that Hie woman In the case Is the wife of
a man of distinction and the lover a
prince, as in "The Awakening." The in
cident might concern people In aiy walk
of life. The ugly records of divorce courts
and the blotters at police headquarters
are stained with the histories of such
cases. The story is eminently a human
one: a commonplace human one.
In Miss Nethersole's play the frail
wife Is only saved from herself through a
political plot which requires that the
heir to the principality keep free from en
tanglements. The prlncllng and she are
separated by' craft and the mother re
turns, to her home believing that her
lover has been assassinated. Here the In
fluence of her devoted husband and pure,
unspoiled daughter work upon her so ef
fectually that when the lover returns
as from the dead to renew the amour
she is strong enough to resist his plead
ing and choose the better way, the way
of duty which' we are led to believe is
ultimately to become the way of hap
piness. In this play for the first time we see
Miss Nethersole playing a good woman:
good as society gauges them." But it is
the first time her women have been weak.
Sapho. bad we may grant for the sake of
argument, was. however, no weakling.
She was Infinitely stronger In the final
analysis than the man In the case. It Is
so with her Carmen, vicious and wholly
evil, perhaps, but lever weak, and so
with Mrs. Tanquery and the others. The
wife of the French statesman was weak
and onlv in the last few minutes of the
progress of the play does she find her
It is something of a novelty and I'm
not v convinced, for one, that "The
Awakening" is a good vehicle for the
superb actress. Judged superficially, there
is not enough Olga Nethersole in it,
While her genius dominates it insofar as
the author will permit, there is so small
portion of the action of the piece in
which Miss Nethersole is on the stage
that it does not maintain itself. Her
present supporting company, for instance.
is quite as good as necessary for the
other plays in her repertoire but they do
not suffice to seize the interest and hold
The second act, for instance, the one in
which a plot is successfully carried out
to take her lover away from her at their
place 01 renaevouz, is meioaramic oeyona
the license of art. True. Miss Nether
sole's despairing exit at its close is one
of her best, efforts, but it is not sur
flcient to atone for the rest of the act
which is four parts mock-heroics.
The last 10 minutes of the play is
worth all that has gone before and the
parting scene between Miss Nethersole
and Frank Mills, who plays the prince
ly lover, is a model of repressed acting.
Few such splendid scenes have ever been
reen on the English-speaking stage.
After all, however, the play as a whole
does not seem to be the thing. The
few fine touches are ot sufficient;
there are too many deserts between.
Testerday afternoon Miss Nethersole
gave "Sapho" at her very best, and a
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large matinee audience was greatly
moved by It. Her brilliant playing of
Fanny LeGrand proved to be irresist
ible, as It always is.
The great actress left in her private
car for the North after the perform
ance last night, and her company will
follow this morning. Her visit has
been one of the really important events
of the theatrical season and Portland
theatergoers will look forward to her
next engagement with an eagerness
which should be flattering to Miss
PLAN FOR TRAIN FERRY
Scheme to Take Cars Across the
Channel on Boats.
LONDON, Oct. 26. (Special.) David
Lloyd-George, the President of the Board
of Trade, has given his warm approval to.
the proposal for a Channel ferry between
Calais and Dover. The Idea, which has
been before the public for some time. is.
briefly, to run the trains at both ports
on to huge floating structures somewhat
similar In general design to those used for
the same purpose in America.
Mr. Lloyd-George said that the two
great English political parties were united
In emphatic opposition to any project for
tunneling the Channel one objection be
ing the possibility of Its- use by an In
vading army but that objections raised
against a tunnel did not hold good -in re
gard to a ferry, and he felt sure that the
traveling public would welcome the plan
when the promoters were able to persuade
the people that tt was safe.
"That,-' added the President of the
Board of Trade, "will probably take some
time, for this is a very conservative coun
try. It takes to new ideas very slowly,
probably more slowly than any other
country In the -west of Europe; but even
tually, ns soon as the people begin to
realize that the ferry will diminish the
Inconveniences and positive discomforts
of the present method of -crossing to the
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siderable success. "
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